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Seamus Heaney’s Home Place

Earlier this summer, I had the pleasure of visiting a small museum dedicated to Seamus Heaney.  Located in Bellaghy in Ulster, “home” place is exactly the right term for this very special place.  Museums don’t have to be large to … Continue reading

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Writing in the Face of All Odds

In the last month, I’ve had the privilege of leading a class entitled “writing in all forms.”  This class meets once a week for five weeks and there are three five-week sessions every year.  On Tuesday next, I will complete … Continue reading

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Writing and the “T” word

No, not T—-, but Time.  Periodically, I go back to something I heard from Elmore Leonard at a conference, namely, “You either want to write or you don’t.”  Leonard was somewhat irascible at times, but, in my experience, he hit … Continue reading

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Singing One’s Way to Creativity

I may be a writer, but I’m also a singer, both as part of choirs and as a soloist.  My choral singing “career” (if one can call it that) has been going strong since I was three years old.  Currently, … Continue reading

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Writing Practices

Finding a writing practice can be a challenge for all sorts of reasons.  Many of us have full-time jobs, families, other responsibilities that have nothing to do with writing.  Sometimes, if our full-time jobs involve writing, we come home “written … Continue reading

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Coming Up for Air

Just as everything else goes crazy at the holidays, so does writing and everything connected to it—or so I’ve found.  I’ve always been determined to write every day or, at least, six days out of seven.  Preparation for the holidays … Continue reading

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Whew! NaNoWriMo ends

I emerge after a month of clacking typewriter keys and realizing that while I wrote 50,000 words, I still haven’t finished my novel draft.  No matter—I’m “over the hump” and am confident that I’ll finish by the end of December. … Continue reading

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Reciprocity

As with many other artistic endeavors, many of our connections are reciprocal.  We may “write alone,” but we share and share alike.  My late mother used to call it “taking in each others’ washing.” In our social media age, reciprocity is … Continue reading

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Two weeks into withdrawal

Having finished the 30/30 project officially on Aug. 30, I’ve had two weeks to decompress from the intense “one a day” poem effort.  That said, as part of my determination to engage in more generative work than I have in … Continue reading

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Podcast of my interview with Renee Hand of Stories from Unknown Authors

Here’s the link to the podcast of my interview with Renee Hand: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/storiesfromunknownauthors/2015/02/26/interview-with-aline-soules-for-evening-sun-a-widows-journey Such fun!  Thank you, Renee.

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